Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 7th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 7th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Gertrude I. Herring, 75, of Seltzer, Norwegian Township, formerly of Tremont, passed away on Monday at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born on July 28, 1945 in Pine Grove, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Eva Heberling Snyder. She was a 1963 graduate of Pine Grove High School, and worked in the local garment industry, including the former Canoe Manufacturing Company, Pine Grove. She also worked at the former Hill's Department Store and Lynn’s Groceries, Tremont.

She was of the Lutheran faith.

While Pennsylvania was always considered home, she and her late husband, Harvey H. Herring, loved living in Florida. They also enjoyed camping, fishing, visiting with family and friends and ice cream.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, was her son, Dwane Bertasavage; a grandson, Brandon Bertasavage; six siblings, Esther Harrigfeld, Elda Ruch, Grace Miller, Viola Keller, Marie Hossler and Howard Snyder.

Gertrude is survived by five children, Denise Bressler (spouse, Kevin), Tremont, Tina Boltz, Llewellyn; Harvey Herring, Jr. (spouse, Louise), Tremont, Vicki Hoppes (spouse, Ray), Orwigsburg, Gwynn McCabe (spouse, Paul), Donaldson; twelve grandchildren Felicia and Jamie Stine, Jesse Boltz, Brian, Angelic, and Brittney Herring, Jessica Hoover, Jeff Hoppes, Jeanna Carl, Fallon Kutz, Jared and Alexia McCabe,; twenty great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by a brother, George Miller (spouse, Sis), Florida; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Monday from 6:00 P.M. Services will be at 7:30 P.M. Interment will be private in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Tremont.


Beloved Rose Marie Mashack, 91, of Still Creek, passed away Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Crystal Ridge, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen Kapuschinsky.

She was a member of St. Mary’s U.C. Church, McAdoo.

Prior to retiring, Rose Marie was a hairdresser and along with her husband, She helped to maintain the family farm for over 50 years.

Rose Marie was a member of the Third Order of Franciscans, Sybertsville.

She was a devoted and loving, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will be sadly missed by all. She was committed to caring for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She treasured passing on family traditions in cooking, baking, values, and religious traditions. No one left hungry from her home. She was the peace maker in all families and a gift from God.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband Andrew Mashack, daughter Patricia Mashack; sisters, Barbara Trovitch, and Elizabeth Ustonifsky; brothers, Edward, William Jr., Harry, and Raymond Kapuschinsky.

Surviving, are her children, Andrew Mashack and wife Ann of Bel Air, MD; Robert Mashack and wife Candace of Round Hill, VA; Rose Ann Alabovitz and husband Leonard of Still Creek; Thomas Mashack and wife JoAnne of Still Creek; Beverly Bates and husband Kory of Hometown; Mary Ann Gimbel and husband Paul of Still Creek; Joyce Minehan and Late husband, Dominic, of Australia; Carol Mattrazzo and husband David of Weatherly; Paul Mashack and wife Mary Kate of Bloomsburg; George Mashack and wife Maria of Moseley, VA; Jon Mashack and wife Sheila of Quakake; and Marvin Mashack and wife Terri of Milton, FL; 35 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Julia Clouser of Hometown, Helen Collins of Berwick and Joyce Velcko of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s U.C. Church, McAdoo. The Rev. D. George Worschak will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

No public calling hours will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations and Liturgies can be made to St. Mary’s U.C. Church, 210 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, PA 18237.

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be entered, and information is available at


Shirley McGuire, 89, of Port Carbon, passed away on July 5, 2021 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. Shirley was the daughter of the late Edward Thomas and Mary Theresa (Nicastro) Thomas. Shirley was the loving wife of Joseph McGuire, who passed away on December 22, 1997. She retired from the Walk In Shoe Factory, Schuylkill Haven. She was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Church, Port Carbon. Shirley is survived by her children Thomas, Patrician Ann Bain, James and their spouses. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, a brother, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 7 siblings. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. from the Robert A. Evans Funeral Home, 208 Pike Street, Port Carbon. Deacon Jack Quirk will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Port Carbon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Port Carbon Library, 111 Pike Street, Port Carbon, PA 17965.


Norman F. Lengel, 91, of Orwigsburg, passed away Tuesday, July 6th, at his residence.

Norman was born in West Brunswick Township, on January 8, 1930, a son of the late Mary Helen (Jones) and Charles Robert Lengel.

He was the husband of Rebecca “ Becky” J. (Folk) Lengel. They were married on June 13, 1953.

He was a member of Congregational Free Church of Christ, Orwigsburg

He was in charge of Quality control at Allen, Sherman, and Hoff in Hamburg and Norman retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after 20 years.

Norman was past Master of Schuylkill Masonic Lodge No. # 138 F & AM, Member of Orwigsburg American Legion, Life Member of Reading Consistory, Schuylkill County High 12 Club. Past President of Schuylkill County Club of Reading Consistory, Schuylkill Shrine Club, North Mountain Hunting Camp, Schuylkill County Boots & Saddle Club.

Norman made over 100 trips taking children to the Shiners’ Hospital in Philadelphia. He was an avid hunter & Fisherman. He made many trips to Canada for both, especially fishing.

In addition to Becky, his loving wife of 68 years, Norman is also survived by his Nieces & Nephews: Karen Hartman (John); Eileen Coblent (Mose); Robert Lengel (Silvia); Randy Lengel (Barbara) and Mari Ann Lengel.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard, Donald, Charles and Carl Lengel and two sisters Grace Bensinger and Myrtle Blacker.

There will be a visitation held from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM on Monday, July 12th at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg. Masonic Lodge Service is at 10:45, leading to a Religious service at 11:00 AM with Rev. Jeffrey C. Stonesifer officiating.

Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Inc. Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children-Philadelphia, 

Attn: Office of Development

2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607 or Congregational Free Church of Christ , 81 McKeans Ridge Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961.


Leo Gregory Popnick
, 90 years of age, of Barnesville, Pennsylvania passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at St. Luke's - Allentown Campus.

Born Sunday, October 19, 1930 in Mary D, Pennsylvania the son of the late Dominic, and Sophie (Tallick) Popnick. Leo was also predeceased by; his beloved wife, Doris M. (Mengel); brother, Albert Popnick.

Surviving are daughter, Diane M. Popnick of Barnesville and his beagle, Dean Barbaro who was his constant companion.

A graduate of St. Jerome High School, Leo served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. A life long truck driver, Leo enjoyed working on antique cars.

Private arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Interment in the Methodist Church Cemetery of Barnesville.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Lois A. (Anstock) Reichwein
, 91 of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah on January 11, 1930 she was a daughter of the late G. Horace and Beatrice (Houser) Anstock.

She was a 1947 graduate of the former Mahanoy Township High School. She attended Bloomsburg College and graduated from McCann School of Business, Mahanoy City.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a shipping supervisor for thirty-two years at the former Purolator Products, Pattersonville, Ringtown.

Lois was a member of the former First United Methodist Church, Shenandoah where she was very active. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, the choir and volunteered much of her time for the annual Easter egg sales and the sauerkraut suppers. She was currently a member of the First United Methodist Church, Frackville. She was also a member and past matron of the Ashland Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 154, Ashland, the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens and the Frackville Senior Citizens.

She was eager to volunteer for the church, community and Eastern Star activities. Lois enjoyed the many trips she took with the senior citizens to the casinos and shows they sponsored.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband Alvin J. Reichwein in 1981; two brothers, Walter and Robert Anstock; and two stepdaughters, Alma Reber and Krista Reichwein.

Surviving are her stepson, A. Joseph Reichwein and his wife Clairann of Frackville; one step granddaughter, Kelly Reichwein Davies of Shenandoah; one step grandson, Daniel Reber of Georgia; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Anstock of Ringtown; a cousin, Margaret “Peggie” Twardzik of Schnecksville; and many friends.

Religious services will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Pastor David J. Davis of the First United Methodist Church, Frackville will officiate. A viewing will be held on Saturday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at the funeral home with Order of the Eastern Star services being held at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Edward F. Beninsky, 90, of Zion Grove, passed away on Monday, July 5th, 2021 at his home.

Born in Mahanoy City on November 22nd, 1930, he was the son of the late Edward and Helen “Mazieka” Beninsky.

Edward was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as security police during the Korean Conflict. He then worked for many years at National Starch in New Jersey as an operator. He enjoyed hunting, going for walks, reading, and listening to old country music.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Rose Anne Jadus, Eleanor Stauffer, and Alice Fatula, along with 3 other siblings- Dolores, Eugene, & Anthony who passed away early in childhood. 2 nephews, Daniel Stauffer and Thomas R. Stauffer, and 1 niece, Margaret Jadus also preceded.

Surviving is 1 sister, Antoinette Motil, 3 nieces, Helen Ann Visulusky, Mary Jo Collatos, and Debra Armenante, also 3 nephews, Jerome Stauffer, George Motil and his wife Laura who were his caregivers, and Glen Motil. He taught all his nephews the love of the outdoors, especially for hunting and fishing, buying many of them their first fishing rods and guns.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 10th from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be held at 10:30am and will be officiated by Fr. Dominic Pham. Burial will immediately follow in Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua.

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